Gave the keynote speech at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863!
Autograph Letter Signed to Artemas Hale, U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
(1794-1865) Famous American orator and statesman. He made many famous speeches for the Union cause, the best known being his 2 hour oration preceding President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. He also served as U.S. Congressman, Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, President of Harvard University, Secretary of State and U.S. Senator.
Autograph Letter Signed: 4 3/4 x 7 1/4, in ink.
Boston, 26 Oct. 1858
My dear Sir,
I enclose the receipt of the Treasurer of the Mount Fund for the amount accruing at Bridgewater last evening, which is much larger than I expected.
With renewed thanks for your hospitality, I remain Dear Sir,
Very truly Yours,
[to] Hon.[orable] A.[rtemas] Hale *
Light age toning and wear. Bold and neatly written.
* Artemas Hale, the recipient of this letter, served in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1824, 1825, 1827, and 1828, and 1838-42; served in the Massachusetts State Senate, 1833-34; U.S. Congressman, 1845-49; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1864; died in Bridgewater, Mass., August 3, 1882; interment in Mount Prospect Cemetery.